some of our latest life happenings



Z was invited to a classmate's party where the kids did some indoor rock climbing. I thought it was an unique idea for a birthday party and am always down for some active fun. Another party she attended, they created their own yoga mats and had a yoga session. I asked her where she wanted to go for her own party, and she said the roller skating rink. She has been to several parties at our local rink and has really taken a liking for roller skating.

As far as the indoor rock climbing, she was not feeling the idea initially, but after seeing her friends climbing all over the place and falling down on the bouncy ground, she couldn't resist much longer. She told me it was hard work and would only go up so high because of a fear of height, but she was sooooo proud she attempted and tried something new. She definitely wants to do it again.


Last week, Z's class went on a field trip to the local creek to learn more about nature and its history. It was slated as a 3 hour trip in which 2 hours of that was spent walking around the woods and sight seeing. The kids were so drained by the time lunchtime arrived. The weather was chilly initially but turned out to be beautiful and sunny near the end. Z was given a piece of the bark of the state's tree--the loblolly pine tree. To this day, she carries it with her in the car...or maybe she just forgot it's there on the floor...lol.


Little does she know, that piece of bark has its days numbered...

These kids could not be more excited for the change in the weather (well kind of...it has been chilly lately)! One day after school, Z and her friend made a nature soup and decided to try it out. Here's Z pretending to devour her soup...


Some days after school once the car is parked, Z and I have mini conferences to discuss our day, reflect on anything good/bad that happened while we were apart, go over her daily reading, or get our sillies out. I guess I cherish this time because once we are inside, it is crunch time: dinner, bath, wind down, bedtime story, song, prayer, and lights off. I told her one day how childhood is fleeting (heck, life period). I was all sentimental about how small she used to be in my arms and now her legs are almost out the window all in (almost) 6 fast years. She was being all bashful when I whipped out my phone for an usie to capture the moment. You think she would be used to me and this phone business by now. See that piece of bark?


But of course, I threw in a bribe to give her some time on her bike in exchange for some smiles...


...and we both got what we wanted! :-) Hope you all have had a great weekend!

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